Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend Post-Mortem

We're hot, sweaty, sunned, tired and very well rocked... Opening weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest!

This weekend we got to see {among others, too tired to remember all}:
  • Yoav
  • Hole
  • Joan Jett
  • Metric
  • The dude from Supertramp - Freebird!
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Timber Timbre
  • John Hiatt Trio
  • Charlie Winston
  • Rush
  • The Swell Season {swoon, so wonderful!}
It's been awesome, but it's exhausting. This festival is way too long. 12 days is way too much time to devote to music and still work and keep your house in one piece and buy groceries and live life... With a bebe last year it was a relative piece of cake. With an active toddler who refuses to wear his headphones and wants to RAWK - another story...

Friday we rushed home and changed and grabbed dinner at Bluesfest. Saturday we had a family luncheon, then a first birthday party, then a much older birthday party, then another evening at bluesfest. Sunday we went for dim sum, ran some errands, watched a bit of the soccer game with friends {I was there only for the social non-soccer elements} and then back to Bluesfest. Now we sleep.

If posting is light this week, it's cause I'm dead from the rocking and rolling.
kisses, k.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Kiss and Makeup

I have two current makeup obsessions: grey nailpolish and RED lipstick! In this insane heatwave we've been having I haven't been wearing a whole lot of makeup due to the melting factor. However, some Benefit Dallas bronzer, some Bad Gal black mascara, LOTS of Bo-ing concealer to hide the evidence of tossing and turning {even with central air it's not easy!} and then the va-va-va-voom factor on the lips and voila! A not too insane-looking Kaili for work.

The hair however? A completely different story. If anyone has tips on how to manage curly hair in the heat, I'd love to hear it. I will bake you cookies if it works for me! Good ones too...

The lips are a great shade of red called "Gabrielle" by Chanel. To me, nothing says red lipstick like Coco Chanel so I headed straight there. It's pretty universally flattering.

CHANEL Rouge Lipstick - Gabrielle
On the nails, Chanel's particulière nailpolish. It goes with everything, looks very good on fingers and toes. I'm really picky about colours of nailpolish on my fingernails, and I have not gotten sick of this one yet.

{Nail image via}

Thursday, July 08, 2010

House Tour Envy

I can't stop looking at Maddie and Mike's house tour over at Apartment Therapy. I love the look and feel of the place, the graphic Madeline Weinrib rug, the rhino head, just the charming and welcoming feel of the place.

I often fantasize about selling our house and moving back to an apartment, which makes LB insane, and seeing this place makes me wish that even more.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Bringing Up Baby

I found this article from the current New York Magazine fascinating. It's all about how couples who have children end up less happier {but then not entirely} than childless couples. Given the changes we've gone through over the past year, I was struck by the frankness of the piece. However, I'm not entirely sure that I agree with everything in it.

It's a good read though, worth the time.

{Image from the article}

Monday, July 05, 2010

Weekend Post-Mortem

Last weekend was a wonderful weekend. We deliberately made no plans to do anything other than bum around the house and get things done.

Thursday was Canada Day so we had brunch with friends, then we did a bunch of work around the house and then rode our bikes downtown to watch Elliott Brood and Owen Pallett {Formerly known as Final Fantasy}. I love the free festivities on Canada Day, and you never know who you're going to run into! We crashed at home and grabbed a pizza and vegged.

Friday was a work day for us - decided not to take a vacation day on my first week at the new job! We chilled at home all night, did a bunch of chores and got organized for the weekend. We had a lovely dinner on the deck with an even nicer bottle of rosé.

Saturday morning LB helped friends of ours dig and set their fence posts so Milo and I decided to have a maman-Milo day of fun! We had brunch at thyme and again, shopped at the parkdale market, hung out at the park, and ran some errands. We watched Happy Tears in the evening, a movie so boring that I will not even bother linking to its page on the IMDB. We had high hopes because the cast included Parker Posey, Demi Moore and Rip Torn, but no dice...

Sunday morning we had brunch with LB's family, then we did a bunch of yard work {pics to follow} and then went swimming at Adam and Daphna's and cooled off. It was so amazing!

Then Monday morning it was 45 degrees with the humidex and I thought that I was going to die. It sucked.

Monday, June 28, 2010


One of my favourite features of Style at Home magazine is the High/Low section. It's a feature that has grown with me over the many years I've been a reader. When I was in university it was all aspirational design, then in our first few apartments we would pick exclusively from the low. Now I mix in a few high-end pieces every now and then, just to give things that little extra touch.

I love this feature they did on decorating a modern nursery. What they don't get into is what pieces are worth the splurge and which are not. In my mind, the Sparrow crib is beautiful, but not that much more than the Gulliver crib little Milo sleeps in. We felt that the mattress and a good mattress pad were well worth it, while an expensive bedding set was not, since bumper pads are a big no-no in Canada. Someone's going to catch on to that and start selling the quilts individually, right? Especially since Dwellstudio is led by a Canadian woman?

Friday, June 25, 2010


Today is my last day at a job that I love. I have been part of this organization off and on since my second year of grad school. It's always been a safe haven for me, a place that has allowed me to really get my feet under me and spread my wings. They've given me so many opportunities I can't even begin to elaborate.

However, it's time for me to get some new experience, something to take me to the next level in my career. So off I go to the salt mines, as my dad would say...

Before I left, a particular colleague who I've come to consider as a mentor gave me this card that I thought was particulary awesome. Sorry that the image isn't better, but here's the text:
It's amazing woman! Faster than a speeding taxt! Stronger than any Tom, Dick or Harry! Able to multi-task without a single latte...and all in high heels!

Grill Day!

There's a wonderful kids' store near us {well there are many, which explains why I'm broke} called Red Chair Kids. They sell beautiful items, Bugaboo and Uppababy strollers, Dwellstudio for kids, you get the idea... beautifully curated wooden toys that make my wallet jump out of my purse. We stop by every couple of weeks, we've gotten to know the owners Monica and Christine over my pregnancy and the past year, and we often leave with a little something for the big boy.

Last weekend they had a fathers' day draw, and LB won! He won his very own Weber Charcoal Grill that he is going to learn to use to create some wonderful smoky creations. We're going to experiment with the flavoured wood chips too!

I love the grill's clean lines and its retro look. It looks awesome on our new deck that we just built.